Gum disease (gingivitis) is caused by bacteria in the mouth, which sticks to the surface of the teeth to form plaque (a biofilm). This biofilm releases substances that irritate the gums, causing a change in colour and texture that may result in bleeding gums when brushing.
If left untreated, the gums and bone supporting the teeth may start to erode – this is known as periodontitis. In its more severe form, the disease can result in gum pockets and bone recession, causing teeth to become loose and even fall out.
Mouth body connection
Periodontal bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to major organs. Whilst more research needs to be done, there are associations to suggest this may:
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